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Illustrator CS4: How to Draw Ketupat Background

Submitted by on September 14, 2009 – 15:174 Comments

Hari Raya Aidilfitri is drawing close and I’m sure most of you Malaysian graphic designers (and other Asian designers) are working on the celebration campaign for your clients. Even the smallest Clients with the smallest budget will come out with some sort of printed materials for their customers. It could be Green Packets, Greeting Posters & Cards, Postcard Wishes or even e-cards. Though not every Hari Raya Aidilfitri campaign requires a ketupat to complete the picture, it’s good to know how to create one to enhance your visual (if need be). Here’s how I create a ketupat background.


Step 1: Draw a strip of rectangular like above with the Rectangle Tool. The height of it is up to your preference and need.


Step 2: Duplicate the strip to as many as you need. To duplicate, press ALT when you click and drag the same shape. At the same time, hold down the SHIFT button so that it’s automatically aligned to the same height.


Step 3: Now select all (CTRL + A or COMMAND + A). And duplicate all your objects by copy and pasting them on the originals. Then, rotate them 90°. Your screen should show the visual above.


Step 4: Choose two (2) colours for your ketupat. The horizon strips to be in one set of colour, the vertical strips to be in another.


Step 5: Then select all again. Go to Window > Pathfinder > Divide. This tool will automatically divide all overlapped shapes into individual objects as seen above.


Step 6: Pick the alternate squares to change the colours accordingly. I have selected the above squares to create my ketupat.


Step 7: Then, choose one of the colours which you have used earlier to colour all the selected squares. When you deselect everything, you will see a ketupat pattern like above has been formed.

This is not the only way to create a ketupat background. But by far, this is the easiest way for me and I can have a ketupat background in less than 2 minutes. So if you are looking for something similar, I hope this tutorial helps. Here’s one of the ways you can use the background:


All in a two minutes’ work. I could never be more pleased. 🙂

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